Kyle Busch Controversially Named the Most Valuable Driver on NASCAR 21: Ignition

Published 11/21/2021, 1:51 PM EST
Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races alongside NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (8) during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

In late October, Motorsport Games launched a new game called NASCAR 21: Ignition. This game reportedly simulates the 2021 Cup Series season and features all of the 2021 Cup drivers. However, a few NASCAR fans who played the game, have found the driver rating system a little strange. One particular user wondered why Kyle Busch was the most valuable driver in the game.


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According to the game, Busch is priced at $7.5 million and has a fan count of 928,000. Furthermore, his stats also seem a little strange, as he is rated 98 on intermediate tracks. On road courses, he has a rating of 84, while his short track rating is 60 and Superspeedway rating is 64. YouTuber RealRadman suggested that $7.5 million is a lot for him.

Why is the Kyle Busch rating so controversial?


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Admittedly, many of the driver ratings appeared skewed. Busch currently has one win each at the Daytona International Speedway, Michigan and at Talladega. Additionally, he has four wins at Pocono and at Autoclub, as well as two wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the intermediate category, Busch has won twice at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and at the Kansas Speedway. Additionally, he has one win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and two at Atlanta. At the Charlotte Motor Speedway and at Darlington, he only has one win each. On the bright side, he does boast of four wins at the Texas Motor Speedway and three at New Hampshire. Furthermore, he has three wins at the Phoenix Raceway and at the Dover International Speedway.

On the short track scene, Kyle Busch has won twice at Martinsville. Additionally, Richmond seems to be a happy hunting ground, as he boasts of six wins in the Cup Series. He has even got a great record at the Bristol Motor Speedway with eight wins. Considering all these stats across an 18-year Cup career, it is really surprising to see such odd ratings.


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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.